Director of the Appel Alzheimer’s Research Institute

New York City, New York
March 20 2017
Life Sciences
Organization Type

Weill Cornell Medicine and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) are inviting applications for a new Director for the Robert and Helen Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute. We seek an internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to lead a vigorous basic and translational research program that will propel the Institute to a new level of national and international prominence. Successful candidates will have an MD and/or PhD and are anticipated to qualify as an Associate Professor or Full Professor (with tenure), with a proven track record of accomplishments in the field, success in securing extramural funding and mentoring. The current Director, Dr. Gregory Petsko, will continue to serve in this capacity until the next Director is identified.

The mission of the Appel Institute is to conduct bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench research to increase our understanding of the basic mechanisms of Alzheimer’s diseases and related dementias, and develop novel therapeutic approaches, while training the next generation of basic and clinical investigators. The Institute occupies part of the 9th and 10th floors of the brand new Belfer Research Building. In addition to the current Director, Dr. Gregory Petsko, the institute includes four early career investigators engaged in various research activities related to neurodegenerative disease (

Using startup resources and endowments assigned to the Institute, the Director will expand his/her own research program and develop the research activities of the Institute according to his/her vision by recruiting faculty in state-of-the-art research space and by forging new collaborations with our outstanding and uniquely collaborative scientific community. The Appel Institute is ideally positioned within the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), a recently established department at Weill Cornell that provides a hub for basic and clinical neuroscience research. The Director is anticipated to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the rich research environment of the BMRI, and to promote and expand collaborations with faculty in the broader neuroscience community at Weill Cornell. The Director will work in close concert with ongoing clinical efforts within Neurology, Psychiatry, and Geriatric Medicine at Weill Cornell, and will expand and forge new collaborations within our superb tri-institutional research environment, which includes the Sloan Kettering Research Institute and Rockefeller University.

Interested applicants should forward a single PDF file containing: 1) a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in this position and his/her qualifications for it; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) a vision statement for the Appel Institute; and 4) the names and contact information of at least three referees to: 

Costantino Iadecola, M.D.


Director, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute


Chair, Appel Institute Director Search


Weill Cornell Medicine


Evaluation of applications will commence on April 15, 2017, and will be considered until the position is filled.